French châteaux are famous around the world. Starting with the châteaux of the Loire Valley, listed as UNESCO World Heritage. A legacy and the reflection of a thousand-year-old art de vivre, châteaux and manors attract buyers with a wide range of profiles, united by their love of heritage, history and architecture.
What is a château? There are several definitions depending on whether the importance is placed on architecture, on their defensive role, or on the history of the site. With the exception of some major historic monuments, the notion of a château therefore remains subjective. Particularly for those that have been restyled over generations. Likewise, some 20th century constructions can legitimately be considered as châteaux due to their original style. So, this single designation encompasses properties whose vocation has evolved over the centuries, from medieval fortresses with almost no windows to bright manor houses designed for elegant receptions with immaculate gardens. The distinction between châteaux and manors thus remains difficult to pinpoint. Up until the revolution, manors were seigneurial estates belonging to the minor nobility. The term was later applied to country homes built by landowners wanting to live and entertain out in the country.